July 16, 2019, 21:06

PGA Championship in numbers – facts and figures ahead of the major

PGA Championship in numbers – facts and figures ahead of the major

Here are some of the key facts and figures ahead of the 101st PGA Championship at Bethpage Black this week.

1 This will be the first time that Bethpage Black has hosted the PGA Championship – but the 2002 and 2009 US Opens were played there, and the course is scheduled to host the 2024 Ryder Cup.

2 The 2019 PGA Championship will establish a new place within golf’s major championship rotation, becoming the second of four annual events and moving from August to May. This is the first time the PGA Championship will take place in May since 1949. It was previously played as the last major of the season.

3 Brooks Koepka won his third major at the 2018 PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club. Koepka finished on 16 under to hold off Tiger Woods, who closed with a 64, by two shots.

4 There have been four European winners of the PGA Championship since it became a stroke play event – Padriag Harrington (2008), Martin Kaymer (2010), and Rory McIlroy (2012, 2014)

5 Tiger Woods has a chance to tie Jack Nicklaus and Walter Hagen for the most PGA Championship victories, with five.

6 Jordan Spieth is seeking to become just the sixth golfer to achieve the career Grand Slam, with a chance to join Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus, and Tiger Woods.

7 Jack Nicklaus finished seven strokes clear of Andy Bean when he claimed his fifth PGA Championship victory at Oak Hill in 1980.

8 The tournament’s largest winning margin is eight strokes by Rory McIlroy in 2012.

9 A new tee was added at the 460-yard ninth hole ahead of the 2009 US Open after playing as the fourth-easiest hole in 2002.

10 Open champion Francesco Molinari has made 10 previous starts at the PGA Championship and has yet to miss the cut.

11 Tiger Woods ended 11 years without a major by winning the Masters last month for his 15th major success.

12 Steve Schneiter holds the record for most PGA Championship appearances by a player that qualified as a club professional with 12 from 1996 to 2014.

13 The par-five 13th at Bethpage Black is the longest hole on the course at 608 yards.

14 The par-three 14th is the shortest hole at 161 yards.

15 The green on the par-four 15th is 50 feet above the fairway, with two tiers that slope from the back left to the front right.

16 Defending champion Brooks Koepka heads 16 past PGA champions in the field. He is joined by Rich Beem (2002), Keegan Bradley (2011), John Daly (1991), Jason Day (2015), Jason Dufner (2013), Padraig Harrington (2008), Martin Kaymer (2010), Rory McIlroy (2012, 2014), Shaun Micheel (2003), Phil Mickelson (2005), Vijay Singh (1998, 2004), Justin Thomas (2017), Jimmy Walker (2016), Tiger Woods (1999, 2000, 2006, 2007), and YE Yang (2009).

17 The slightly elevated green at the par-three 17th sits 43 yards wide and is split by a spine through its middle.

18 The 18th hole at Bethpage Black – a 411-yard par four – offers one of the best birdie opportunities on the course.

19 There have been 19 players to win the PGA Championship more than once. Rory McIlroy was the last to do so, in 2012 and 2014.

20 The 20 players with the best scores in the PGA Professional Championship at Belfair – where Alex Beach won by two shots on May 1 – qualified to play in the PGA Championship.

23 Rory McIlroy was 23 years, three months, eight days old at Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course when he won in 2012. It was the second of McIlroy’s four major wins, and his first PGA.

27 The winner gets to hoist the Wanamaker Trophy, which weighs 27 pounds and is 28 inches tall, making it the largest of the four major championship trophies.

30 The American players in the field are representing 30 US states.

34 The 34 major champions competing at Bethpage Black own a combined 67 major championships.

44 Since the PGA Championship moved to stroke play in 1958, 44 of the 62 champions (71 per cent) were in the top five after the first two rounds. Only one eventual champion sat outside the top 25 after 36 holes – Padraig Harrington, who was tied for 26th place in 2008 at Oakland Hills.

47 Brooks Koepka is a combined 47 under par in his last five PGA Championship appearances.

48 Julius Boros was 48 years, four months, 18 days old when he became the oldest winner of the PGA Championship – and the oldest winner of a major – in 1968.

63 The lowest round in the PGA Championship was carded by Bruce Crampton in the second round at Firestone CC in 1975.

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69 There are 69 international players in the field this year, representing 27 countries.

70 The par score at Bethpage Black. The par for both the front nine and back nine is 35.

71 The top 70 players (including ties) make the cut. Any player in 71st place or worse will have the weekend off.

100 The top 100 in the Official World Golf Ranking are in the field this year, something that has never happened before in one of golf’s major championships.

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101 The 2019 PGA Championship will be the 101st playing of the tournament, which first started in 1916.

102 The 102nd PGA Championship will be played at TPC Harding Park in 2020, the first major to be held at a TPC property, and the first PGA Championship to be staged in San Francisco.

156 There are 156 players in the field this year, consisting of 136 tour pros and 20 club pros.

264 Brooks Koepka finished at 264 at Bellerive last year to set the PGA Championship record and tie Henrik Stenson (2016 Open Championship) for lowest 72-hole score at all majors.

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3,600 Over 3,600 volunteers donate their time and energy each year to the PGA Championship.

7,459 The length in yards of Bethpage State Park (Black Course).

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